In CMS
May 1st, 2020
Heightened documentation requirements and new technology require us to see the flaws in our EMRs and correct them. I’ve been working in healthcare for more than 30 years. I’ve managed internal medicine, family, behavioral health, and cardiology practices. I’ve taught coding to thousands upon thousands of coders, billers, physicians, and overburdened office assistants. Through all ...
The laws are the same for employees and business associates working from home. In the past 10 years, the number of employees working remotely in the United States has increased by 115 percent. And with the COVID-19 pandemic requiring many employees to work from home, that number is climbing rapidly. Many of us are suddenly ...
Mar 18th, 2020
Certain HIPAA sanctions and penalties are being waived for hospitals during the nationwide emergency concerning COVID-19. Which Privacy Rule Provisions Are Waived? Effective March 15, 2020, covered hospitals will not be held to comply with the following provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule: The requirements to obtain a patient’s agreement to speak with family members ...
Mar 5th, 2020
State surveyors will focus on infection control procedures at healthcare facilities. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a call to action, March 4, to remind healthcare providers nationwide that they are required to maintain infection control procedures. State survey agencies and accrediting organizations will focus their facility inspections – starting with nursing ...
Jan 28th, 2020
In an age where digital information is constantly under threat, taking every step possible to protect that information would seem to be paramount for any institution. Which is why you may be surprised to learn that one tool used to protect digital information — encryption — is not a mandatory component of the Health Insurance ...